Gem of the Emerald Corridor: Nature’s Value in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

This study aims to highlight the relationship between providers and beneficiaries of natural capital by estimating the economic benefits provided by the natural environment of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (MBSNF) to the Emerald Corridor, defined by the Bullitt Foundation as the region stretching from Portland, Oregon to Vancouver, British Columbia (bordered by the Cascades on the east). The study estimates different types of value, including various forms of quality of life improvements and economic revenue flows.

The non-market value of ecosystem services provided by the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, including ecological functions performed by the land and passive uses like recreation, amounts to between $3.8 and $30.8 billion in benefits per year. The cumulative value provided by the forest over the next 100 years is conservatively estimated at $159 billion to $1 trillion.